Rocket Raccoon Will Get The Spotlight In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

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Rocket Raccoon Will Get The Spotlight In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’. A completed character arc is expected for Rocket in the final installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy Trilogy and is inspired by the films Director Janes Gunn’s own story.

Fans of Marvel in recent years followed along to the very public firing of Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) Director, James Gunn, after a series of decades old-distasteful tweets resurfaced online. Disney, who is known for its family-friendly and preferred ‘clean’ image, immediately fired James in response to the tweets. This sparked a very public opposition from the cast and crew of the films who took to social media to support the then fired director and explained how they felt it was completely uncalled for and wished for his reinstatement. After lengthy conversation between Marvel Studios, Disney, and Gunn, the decision was ultimately made to rehire Gunn to work on the last film in the Guardians Trilogy.

James, being the creative and talented director he is, has decided to use this part of his own story to help inspire the character arc for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Rocket is one of the Guardians we haven’t gotten to know as much about in the previous GotG or Avengers films, unlike Drax, Gamora, and Star Lord/Peter Quill, who has been the primary focuses in the previous films.

“When you asked me what was saddest for me when I thought it was gone—and anybody at Marvel can tell you—it’s this very strange and attached relationship to Rocket,” Gunn told Deadline in an interview. “Rocket is me, he really is, even if that sounds narcissistic. Groot is like my dog. I love Groot in a completely different way. I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed. He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3. That was a big loss to me—not being able to finish that story—though I was comforted by the fact that they were still planning to use my script.”

The good news is since Gunn was reinstated by Marvel Studios and Disney as the Director he will get to showcase Rocket, and his intriguing backstory, in a whole new light as a focus in Guardians 3.

Rocket Raccoon is also special to James Gunn because his brother, Sean Gunn, is the motion capture, also called “Mo-Cap”, on set for Rocket Raccoon. Of course, we have Bradley Cooper as the talent who gives Rocket his voice and previously Rocket was modeled after “Oreo the Raccoon” who passed away at the beginning of this year. Rest In Paradise, Oreo.

We are so excited to see what happens in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, especially since Thor joins the “Asguardians of the Galaxy” as he puts, it  at the end of Avengers: Endgame and Gamora from the past has gone missing! Not to mention, we should be seeing The Sovereign again, and with Adam Warlock. It is sure to be an epic third installment into an already jam-packed Trilogy. Can we just buy our tickets now? Because Marvel has us hooked!

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

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